Mother and daughter nearly knocked over by their stolen car

British Transport Police want to trace this man in connection with the incident.
British Transport Police want to trace this man in connection with the incident.

A mother and daughter narrowly avoided being knocked over as they tried to stop a thief stealing their car.

British Transport Police (BTP) detectives have released images of a man they would like to trace in connection with the theft of the Grey Nissan Micra which took place at around 6.35pm on Tuesday April 15 at the drop off point next to Weatherspoons pub at the back of the station.

Det Con Penny Halliwell said: “The owner of the car, a 65-year-old woman from Rothwell, was dropping her daughter and baby grand daughter off at the back of the station.

“Both the victim and her daughter got out of the car and were assembling the pram they had taken out of the boot. At this point the man we would like to trace approached and hung around nearby.

“After the baby was lifted out of the car and into the pram the man ran around to the drivers’ side of the car, jumped into the car and then drove off at speed in an erratic and dangerous manner.

“The victim and her daughter rushed and attempted to open both the passenger and drivers door in a bid to stop him but he carried on with total disregard for their safety. They were extremely lucky that they weren’t knocked over.”

The car was later discovered damaged and abandoned in the Armley area. After additional enquiries were made it was discovered the car had crashed into four other vehicles including a taxi.

DC Halliwell said: “This absolutely shocking incident risked the lives of three members of the same family, it’s vital that we trace this man and bring him to justice.

“If you recognise him, we would like to hear from you. Your information could be vital to the investigation.”

Please contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or text on 61016 quoting background log PSUB/B4 of 23/04/2014. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.